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The Gurkha Reborn | More Power, More Doors, More Desirable | Still Need A Thar?

Finally, Force has delivered! This is a worthy addition to any garage.

For

Build, power, noises, off road capability

Against

Interiors still not upto date, lacks modern features, lacks variants, infotainment screen is bad

Driving

The Gurkha's shortcomings in the interior are more than compensated for by its driving dynamics. First up, the power increase is substantial – 140hp replaces the previous 95hp, accompanied by 320Nm of torque. This is a whole new beast.

To handle the extra power, the front suspension was developed with Gabriel, and the gearbox is a heavier-duty unit borrowed from the Traveller. The gearbox has been smoothened for easier operation, but the clutch travel was too short for my liking.

The suspension feels heavy-duty and can take a beating, yet it delivers a surprisingly comfortable ride comparable to an Innova. Rumble strips and speed breakers become mere suggestions. This capability begs you to explore the unbeaten path.

On Force Motors' off-road course, the Gurkha tackled everything with ease. It climbed gradients and navigated steep ramps and ditches without any driver intervention. Despite the lack of hill descent control, the Gurkha managed downhill speeds effortlessly. It makes you wonder where its true limits lie.



TopGear Magazine June 2024